Hometown Hero: Ray Spinks

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) --- "I just enjoy livin' I guess you'd say," said Ray Spinks.

Ray Spinks was born in 1925 in Bowling Green and at 92-years-old, you might not believe how young a spirit can be.

"I kept hearing people talking about ziplining here and ziplining there. I thought, 'that sounds like a fun thing to do," Spinks said.

Without a second of hesitation she zip-lined through Las Vegas.

"I was standing down there and I saw her go by, you know, just zippin' right along," said James Spinks, Ray's son.

"It really wasn't a big deal, so I think it was because I was 92-years-old that people couldn't believe I'd do that," Spinks said.

When she sets her mind to something, nothing stops her... not even a pacemaker.

"I asked my doctor and he said, 'you're 92-years-old, well who am I to tell you what you can do?'" Spinks said.

"It didn't surprise me, she said she was going to do it and I knew she would," said Martha Johnson, Ray's daughter.

Her strong nature played a role in her marriage. She was married over 70 years to Clide Henderson Spinks Jr., until his passing last June.

"She didn't do what a lot of people would want to do after losing a mate, just to withdraw and not see people and not get out, she didn't do that. She's out, she's with friends, she's doing things," said Johnson.

Ray spent her life working on the farm with her husband and four children.

"When the kids were in school, I'd help my husband farm. He'd pick corn and I'd bring it to the barn, unload it for 'em, then we had tobacco and I'd work in that 'till the start go. Milk cows for years and raise four children while we was doing that," Spinks said.

In her 92 years, two words could describe her biggest accomplishment: her children.

"They all turned out really well, and I had no problems with any of them," she said.

Spinks is nothing short of an inspiration.

"She's a strong woman, I saw that and I've known it all my life, but I saw that when my dad was sick and she won't give up," said Johnson.

For proving you are never too old to try something new, we honor Ray Spinks as this week's Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.

"It's a hard life, it's a busy life, but it's a good life," said Spinks.



 
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